E3 06: Wii Sports

As demonstrated byNintendo main man Shigeru Miyamotohimself on the stage of Nintendo's pre-E3 conference, Wii Sports is the brightly-coloured multiplayer, multi-event title designed to entice lapsed or new gamers into getting to grips with Nintendo's new console.

Incorporating golf, baseball and tennis, the gameplay in Wii Sports has been kept deliberately simple so that players can use just the Wii-mote and not bother with the nunchaku part of the controller. So in the tennis game, for example, your player automatically runs towards the ball leaving you free to pick your shot.

Up to four players can take part in the challenges on offer, where doubles is playable in the tennis game and two can join pitcher vs batter battles in the baseball game but the poor old golfers have to swing alone.

With all three modes playable on the E3 show floor, we hope to get back with some hands-on impressions of this Wii launch title very soon.

May 11, 2006

Above: Gameplay is deliberately simple, so as to attract the widest possible audience.